MOUNTAIN HOUSE – The sun was not all that was sizzling Saturday afternoon.
The Weston Ranch bats were on fire in the opening-round contest of the District 67 Junior All-Star Tournament against Spreckels Park as Weston Ranch scored all of its run behind 15 hits in just three innings on the way to a 13-2 five-inning mercy-rule win.
After four batters Weston Ranch was ahead 3-0 thanks to an RBI double by Jordan Severin (2 for 3, double, RBI) and a two-RBI single by C.J. Drain (four RBI).
Weston Ranch put up six runs – on nothing bigger than a single – in the sixth inning with the first six batters reaching base. Josh Sailsbury (3 for 4, double, three RBI) had a two-RBI single in the frame and David Gonzalez (3 for 4, double, RBI), Jason Medina (2 for 4, three RBI), Matt Spaulding (2 for 3, RBI) and Drain each had an RBI.
Weston Ranch leadoff batter Manuel Rubio did his job, reaching base in all four trips to the plate with two singles and a pair of walks, scoring three runs.
No. 9 batter Daniel Esparza earned a one-out walk for Spreckels Park in the third inning followed by an Abraham Velasco single. Marcos Castillo singled in Esparza and Julian Medrano knocked in Velasco.
Weston Ranch plays Tracy American on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
Northgate came back from a two-run deficit to defeat Lathrop 4-3.
Entering the bottom of the fourth down 2-0, an Eli Andrews single and a Jacob Peterson double plated Jordan Eakes and Andy Parcells. In the fifth, Devon Abrew’s double scored Anthony Contreras for Northgate.
Manteca trailed by just two runs going into the sixth inning against until the game slipped away as Tracy American win 17-7.
Jonathan Shaefer was 3 for 3 with a double for Manteca. James Gonzales was 3 for 4 with an RBI and Gerson Gomez had three RBI.
On Sunday, Northgate and Manteca both posted five-inning mercy-rule wins with Northgate sending Mountain House to the consolation bracket with a 13-1 thumping and Manteca putting up 14 first-inning runs on the way to a 27-12 consolation win over Lathrop.
Dominic Romero was 4 for 4 with a double for Northgate and Abrew doubled twice, going 3 for 3. Eaks was 2 for 3 and Parcells, Blake Osgood and Estevan Salazar were each 2 for 4.
Manteca tallied 22 hits – only three of which were extra-base knocks, all doubles – on its way to eliminating Lathrop.
Matt Ender (4 for 5) knocked in seven runs for Manteca with Gomez (5 for 6, two doubles) and Gonzales (3 for 4, double) each posting four RBI. Shaefer was 3 for 5 with an RBI, Jesse Espetia had two RBI, going 3 for 4 and Tyler Welch was 2 for 3.
For Lathrop, A.J. Delos Santos hit a three-run home run, going 3 for 4 with five RBI. Justin Kerlegan was 3 for 3 and Johnny McCuag (two RBI) and James Smith (RBI) were both 2 for 3.
Manteca plays Spreckels Park in an elimination game Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and Northgate will face either Tracy National or Salida in quarterfinal action Friday at 5:30 p.m.